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Is a Wall Street Crash Coming to Public Schools?

Just like AAA ratings on mortgage-backed securities led to Wall Street's 2008 disaster, a rash of accountability scandals might be precursors to a similar public school crash. After years of promises that test-driven accountability would yield miracles, scandals with school ratings are popping up all over the country. Unless we hold reformers as accountable as they hold students, these scandals could bring down our public school system the same way Wall Street almost innovated our economy back into the Stone Age.

August 15, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Why I Sometimes Long for the Cold War

I've been thinking about the sorry state of American culture, and that made me reminisce about the Cold War.

August 15, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Chilling News

SAN JOSE, Calif. - All I know about climate, some say, is what's outside my window.

August 14, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists

The Little Red Hen

Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm past the woods. She was friends with a bossy but politically connected pig, a groveling sheep who worked as a flunky for the village and a scared little mouse who specialized in running away and hiding. Hey. Sometimes your friends are whoever lives on the farm next to you.

August 14, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists

Five Years Later, Obama Again Blames Bush

Anyone who has even bothered to read my columns over the last decade-plus knows I was never a huge fan of George W. Bush. I have always believed that the 43rd president was a decent man who tried to do the right thing but often failed, either because of bad advice or flawed ideology - or both. That said, Barack Obama has carried Bush bashing to a level that should astound all but the most hardened and cynical political observer.

August 11, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists

Betwixt and Between

Ownership changes at The Washington Post and Boston Globe have many people speculating anew about the future of newspapers. But whatever happens to these great publications probably won't mean much to you, me, or the paper that carries this column.

August 11, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Childless Couples: Do They Deserve To Live?

Whether you're arising from a long, luxurious sleep or frantically cleaning up melted crayons, surely you have a strong opinion on the cover story in the August 12 "Time" magazine: "The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children."

August 09, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Great Minds on Government

Too many of our political leaders see government as the solution to our challenges. If only they paid more consideration to what some of our great minds had to say about government.

August 09, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Marriage Is Alive and Well - for Some

Boy, are some Americans losing interest in marriage these days.

August 08, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Bipartisan Response to Terrorism Threat: America’s (Fleeting) Arab Spring?

It's a classic case of deja vu, and you get that sinking, ominous feeling. And then a (momentarily) optimistic one.

August 08, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

Now that’s a ‘get out of jail free’ card

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

August 07, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

Kafka in Texas

Denise Romano would make a lousy terrorist. She has a severe chronic refractory cough that causes her to pass out several times a day. She uses a walker so she has something to lean on when she gets one of her coughing fits. She can't drive. During the "people's filibuster," she let protestors use the parking space at her condo two blocks from the capitol. As much as she wanted to join the protests, her body just couldn't take it. Online activism was her only outlet.

August 07, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Are Pigs Smarter Than Dogs? And Should We Care?

My son Gideon, age nine, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom "Green Acres," which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters.

August 04, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Evil Never Sleeps

Rush Limbaugh fielded a phone call the other day that even he couldn't answer.

August 04, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Change is like an old building

They thought it was dead, but now it's coming back. The little theater, a dancehall named Oscar's Palladium on North Second Street in Sargent, Neb., had once been the scene of shows on a Midwest vaudeville circuit, then dances featuring big bands such as Tommy Dorsey's, then early rockers. And then it closed.

August 02, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

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The Lingering Problem of Race Relations

Race relations have returned to the forefront of our national discussion over the last several years. Unless one refers to illegal immigration, relations in question ...

October 09, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Time for Sensible Background Checks

In the wake of the recent homicidal shooting rampage at an Oregon community college, I'm forced to come to the conclusion that it is ...

October 09, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

The Decline of American Greatness

"I'm fed up with politics and the country is going down the drain."

October 08, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

My Dog Ate My Blueprints

"It takes a heap of shedding to make a house a home."

October 08, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Take Away Our Guns, Obama? Hell No!

We hear you loud and clear, President Obama. Only a person with a cold heart would blame innocent people and suggest taking their guns away ...

October 07, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

Clintons Remain Lucky to Have Such Hapless Enemies

In Washington, every so often, a politician will stray from the standard spin and utter an accidental truth. On Fox News the other night, House ...

October 07, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Protecting School Kids

Face it. Every school in America should have a uniformed police officer on duty whenever school is in session. If smaller communities can't afford ...

October 06, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Not Only in America

Comrades-in-arms hurried the wounded Royal Airforce Sergeant into the Margate hospital east of London, his eyes burning from a chemical fire extinguisher cloud.

October 06, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

GOP Can't Win in 2016 by Losing Now

Some Republicans in Congress will never learn.

October 04, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

The Increasingly Likable Donald Trump

Donald Trump - America's loveable bull in a china shop - was an eagerly anticipated speaker at the 2015 Values Voter Summit, a conference that brings ...

October 04, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

The Best Talking Heads Lean Right

If the GOP's presidential candidates were half as persuasive as its conservative commentators, the party would have a much easier time winning elections.

October 02, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Obama Confesses to Pope Francis

"Your Holiness, I have never been to Catholic confession before, but since you and I have some things in common, I figure what the heck."

October 02, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Congress and the Fed Refuse to Learn From Their Mistakes

This month marks the seventh anniversary of the bursting of the housing bubble and the subsequent economic meltdown. The mood in Congress following the meltdown ...

October 01, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

American Politics: Disagreeing to Agree

According to a Pew Research Center poll in 2010, nearly 123 million Americans (41 percent) believe the Rapture will happen before 2050. I bring this ...

October 01, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists

Could Australia Abandon the British Monarchy

The last several days have been dark ones down under.

September 30, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

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